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Governor Jay Inslee holds a news conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response.

| Governor's Office

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the state, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a new limit on social gatherings and a ban on live entertainment across the state.

07/16/2020
Governor's Office

More than 40 members of the Washington National Guard have helped clear a backlog of Employment Security cases, leading to more people getting paid their benefits and helping to detect fraud.

07/16/2020
Washington National Guard

A lawsuit challenging the legality of Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic was thrown out in the federal Eastern District Court of Washington on Tuesday.

07/15/2020
Governor's Office

 the continuing effort to collect, maintain and publish the most useful data available to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published a new death data report that includes different categories of COVID-19 deaths.

07/14/2020

While many across the state are returning to work, hundreds of soldiers and airmen of the Washington National Guard continue to support the COVID-19 response and are entering their fourth month of helping our state. The mission has remained the same; support the state as we get through the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918. But some of the jobs they are performing have changed.

07/14/2020
Washington National Guard

The Health Care Authority (HCA) distributed thousands of phones to Apple Health (Medicaid) clients to access telehealth and community resources. Cell phone companies donated the phones with 400 talk minutes and unlimited data at no cost to individuals.

07/14/2020
Health Care Authority

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of one proclamation in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This proclamation extends the state waiver of truck driver hours restrictions through August 14, 2020.

07/14/2020
Governor's Office

An update on the COVID-19 response in Washington state will take place viewable on TVW Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m.

07/14/2020

The Washington Emergency Management Division is hosting a preparedness webinar at 11:30 a.m., July 21 to talk about how to prepare for all hazards during COVID-19. Topics include financial preparedness, mental health support, online safety and about strategically shopping, not over-buying.

07/14/2020
Washington Emergency Management Division

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter today to the Trump administration requesting an extension of federal authority and funding for Washington National Guard employment in support of COVID-19 pandemic emergency response operations through Dec. 31, 2020.

07/14/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter today to the Trump administration requesting an extension of federal authority and funding for Washington National Guard employment in support of COVID-19 pandemic emergency response operations through December 31, 2020.

07/13/2020
Governor's Office

The state Department of Veterans Affairs announced this weekend that an employee at the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard and an employee at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting were diagnosed with COVID-19. The homes are taking additional precautions regarding screening, testing and cleaning.

07/13/2020
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

On Friday, July 10, the Washington State Department of Health became aware that we may have sent COVID-19-related text messages and emails in error. While training staff on a new data-sharing platform for case investigations and contact tracing, we neglected to disable the ability for texts and emails to leave the test environment.  The result is that randomly created phone numbers and emails, with no connection to public health data, may have received messages between late May and early July. The number of texts and emails sent in error is less than 50.

 

07/11/2020
Department of Health

Employees of the Washington Military Department have been at the center of the response since the beginning, helping the state Department of Health with pandemic planning before COVID-19 was even on the national radar and helping with logistics, operations and planning support as the response became ever critical. Soldiers and Airmen of the Washington National Guard have helped with testing sites, in food banks and, more recently, in a call center where they help track where the virus spreads.

07/10/2020
Washington National Guard

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which shows COVID-19 transmission is still accelerating across most of the state as of the end of June.

07/10/2020